The Internet Is Obsessed With Laila, a Chubby Florida Cat Who Got Sent to ‘Fat Camp’
The obesity epidemic is a major concern for bipeds, and our four-legged companions are following the trend. Pet obesity is on the upswing, and it certainly worried the owners of Laila, a chubby Florida feline whose weight loss journey at kitty fat camp is being chronicled on social media.
Fox 35 Orlando reports the 23-pound cat’s obsession with food prevented her from running or jumping normally. Her owners, Lee and Sidney Ferinden, think her constant eating stems from the fact that she was nearly starving when they rescued her as a kitten. After bringing the weighty matter to the attention of a vet, Laila was introduced to a fitness program at the University of Florida.
One of her exercises involves walking on a treadmill—a surprisingly difficult task, since Laila seems more interested in lying down on it and getting her tummy rubbed.
Swimming is another part of her weekly workout, and the Ferindens report that Laila actually likes it. So far, Laila has already lost 2 pounds—a positive indication that she’s headed in a healthier direction. Judging from her active GoFundMe page, Laila has plenty of fans rooting for her success.